Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national, online resource for pro bono attorneys, legal services attorneys, law professors and students, and related social services advocates. The Rochester/Finger Lakes Pro Bono Net website contains useful information for VLSP’s volunteers. The site promotes collaboration and makes it easier for pro bono attorneys to get involved, saving them time and connecting them with opportunities, training events, mentors, and searchable libraries of practice resources they won't find anywhere else. The site is organized by topical "practice areas" and geographic regions, built and maintained by public interest legal organizations and law firms throughout the country. Members include more than 60,000 advocates from hundreds of public interest organizations and private firms.
Pro Bono Net leads a national, centralized effort to provide online legal document assembly for poverty law and court-based access to justice programs across the country. This site allows subject matter experts to create interview templates that can be used to assemble court forms and other legal documents based on a user's input. The system increases opportunities for self-represented litigants to achieve justice on their own and improves efficiency for legal aid, pro bono and court-based access to justice programs. This project is in collaboration with Ohio State Legal Services Association, with funding by the Legal Services Corporation and the State Justice Institute. LawHelp Interactive uses HotDocs software.
Pro Bono Manager
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pro Bono Net has developed a customized, hosted web application to increase law firms' pro bono program management capacity. Operating as a secure, seamless extension of a law firm's intranet, the platform integrates content from the public interest legal community regarding training events, volunteer opportunities and news with powerful reporting, knowledge management and lawyer matching tools that draw on data from the law firm's internal personnel, billing, time keeping and docketing systems. Pro Bono Manager is currently being used by eight leading international firms, and is available as a subscription service. Please contact Adam Licht for more information.